Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Buy my books or the dog gets it!
If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.
—Terry Pratchett

A good writer is basically a storyteller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
—Isaac B. Singer

Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up in your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.
—Jack London

To finish is sadness to a writer—a little death. He puts the last word down and it is done.
—John Steinbeck

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
—Ernest Hemingway

The job of the artist is to remind people of what they have chosen to forget.
—Arthur Miller

The best stories don’t come from good vs. bad but from good vs. good.
—Leo Tolstoy

Monday, September 10, 2018

Reading: PILGRIMAGE

Last week I read PILGRIMAGE by Tom Abrahams.

Here is the description from Amazon:

PILGRIMAGE is a stand-alone post-apocalyptic story of survival. It was previously published as three separate novellas: Crossing, Refuge, and Advent. 

High School teacher James Rockwell is vacationing in Maine with his family, when an earth-changing explosion sends them on a race for their lives. Their first step is escaping an island in the midst of a tsunami, and it only gets more dangerous from there. 

Can they find their way home as civilization crumbles around them? And if they do, what horrors will they find?

--I really liked it. The protagonist was not a super-duper-great-at-everything-hero and the survival aspects were excellent. Recommended.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Quotes of the Week

I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.
—Frank Capra

You can’t be a good writer without being a good thinker. This is a depressing thought for a writer.
—Andy Rooney

It is not the object described that matters, but the light that falls on it.
—Boris Pasternak

I write everything many times over. All my thoughts are second thoughts.
—Aldous Huxley

Show me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald

Be yourself and your readers will follow... commit an act of writing and they will jump overboard....
—William Zinsser

In revision, as a rough rule, if the beginning can be cut, cut it.
—UrsulaRSULA K. LE GUIN

Forget what you think about it and tell what you feel about it.
—Stephen Crane

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Quotes of the Week

If your book doesn't keep you up nights writing it, it won't keep anyone up nights reading it.
—James A. Michener

I shall live badly if I do not write, and I shall write badly if I do not live.
—Françoise Sagan

Writing is a job, a talent, but it's also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.
—Ann Patchett

You look ridiculous if you dance. You look ridiculous if you don’t dance. So you might as well dance.
—Gertrude Stein

If today was not a productive day don't beat yourself to death over it. Wake up tomorrow and start from there. Try it. It works. We can't go back. We can only go forward. Let's go!
—Terry McMillan

A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing
—Junot Díaz

My aim is to agitate and disturb people. I'm not selling bread, I'm selling yeast.
—Miguel De Unamuno

The primary duty of literature is to tell the truth about ourselves by telling us lies about people who never existed.
—Stephen King

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Fast Friday Interviews: Robert Eggleton


Robert Eggleton
Tell me about yourself, Robert.


I’m an old, pot-smoking hippie who amped up creative writing in the ‘60s for the fuck the war movement. I enrolled in college to avoid Vietnam and ended up becoming a powerful advocate for children’s rights. I worked in that field, including occasional but not frequent haircuts, for over forty years, during which time my work was covered on local television, radio, and frequent newspaper articles throughout the ‘90s. I was licensed and certified in a lot of shit, including psychotherapy which I delivered in a children’s mental health program until I retired in 2015. Rarity from the Hollow is my debut novel.   

Tell me about your current Book:


When the Upper Management fails to address an imminent threat to our universe, Lacy Dawn, an eleven-year-old victim of child maltreatment on Earth, is recruited to diagnose and resolve the dilemma or we are all up shit creek.   

Write the verbose blurb. Make me want to rush to Amazon an buy it! Make me fear that I will be socially outcast if I don’t read your book!

Lacy Dawn's father relives the never-ending Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage - an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It's up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn't mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

An award winning adult social science fiction novel filled with tragedy, comedy, and satire that raises funds to help abused children.

What are you working on now?


The next Lacy Dawn Adventure is Ivy, an almost forgotten Appalachian town and the headquarters of an alien invasion of Earth by the addiction to a drug ingested through Campbell’s soup. 

Where is your favorite place to be when you write?


I can write anyplace, but most of my work is done on a PC in my living room with loud rock playing.

What is your favorite lesson you have learned about the business of writing?


My favorite lesson learned is don’t back down. This business is filled with trolls, not just honest competitors, and if they smell weaknesses you will be devoured.

What is your favorite Website?

Youtube because it takes my mind off of compulsive writing with posts about politics, music, funny videos, etc. Plus, it has lots of “how to” videos, such as about car repair.

Links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LfzP84  
eReader: https://bit.ly/2KNJkI2
Email: Robert_t@suddenlink.net
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Eggleton/e/B007K012ZK 
Bloghttp://pages.suddenlink.net/roberteggleton/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lacy-Dawn-Adventures-573354432693864/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/roberteggleton1
 

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Omnibus

A special promotion is happening on Kindle and Audible!

The complete Solstice 31 Trilogy is now available in a single volume.

Audible: 36 hours for $20.96 or one credit!

Kindle: All three books for $6.99!

Here is the description from Amazon:


Barcus is a working stiff looking for a good paycheck. When the Ventura and its crew enter orbit for a scheduled planet survey, the ship activates an automated defense system protecting the planet. Although the Ventura is destroyed in the attack, Barcus alone survives the harrowing fall to the remote planet surface. He struggles to remain alive and sane, and to discover why everyone he knew and loved on the Ventura was deliberately murdered.

Swinging between despair and fury, Barcus discovers that for every answer he obtains, there are more questions raised. Barcus is assisted by the Emergency Module, Em, his most useful tool. It is an artificial intelligence system contained in an all-terrain vehicle specifically designed to help him survive. Barcus soon finds himself in the middle of a planetary genocide of the local native population. He is unable to stand passively by as more people die, even if they are long lost colonists who fear "the Man from Earth" like children fear the monster under their bed.

Will Barcus ever find his way home? Will he find out who is responsible? Will his rage just burn this world down? Or will he find his soul in the eyes of a starving, frightened woman?

--Get yours today!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Quotes of the Week

Write…as if you'll never be read. That way you'll be sure to tell the truth.
—Lori Lansens

Do it now—write nothing but what your conviction of its truth inspires you to write.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Nothing you write, if you hope to be any good, will ever come out as you first hoped.
—Lillian Hellman

When all else fails write what your heart tells you.
—Mark Twain

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do in private and wash your hands afterwards.
—Robert A. Heinlein



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Quotes of the Week

Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.
—Barbara Kingsolver

I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.
—Frank Capra

I write only when inspirations strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.
—W. Somerset Maugham

I do not write with ease, nor am I ever pleased with anything I write. And so I rewrite.
—Margaret Mitchell

If your book doesn't keep you up nights writing it, it won't keep anyone up nights reading it.
—James A. Michener

I'm a writer and, therefore, automatically a suspicious character.
—Alfred Hitchcock



Monday, July 30, 2018

Reading: The Singularity Trap

This week I read THE SINGULARITY TRAP by Dennis Taylor.

Here is the description from Amazon:

The number one best-selling author of the Bobiverse trilogy returns with a space thriller that poses a provocative question: Does our true destiny lie in ourselves — or in the stars?

If it were up to one man and one man alone to protect the entire human race - would you want it to be a down-on-his luck asteroid miner?

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

--I really enjoyed this book! Recommended!



Friday, July 27, 2018

The Fast Friday Interviews: Starla Huchton

Starla Huchton

Tell me about yourself?

I am a storyteller in multiple types of media. Whether I'm designing a book cover, narrating an audiobook, or writing a novel, above all else my goal is to tell a great story. I've always had an interest in the written word, but didn't gain much direction with it until I was serving in the US Navy as a lithographer doing a lot of desktop publishing, which lead to me wanting to specialize in designing book covers. Once I got out, I started working towards a degree in graphic design while simultaneously beginning my first novel. After that was completed, a friend got me interested in the world of podcasted audiobooks, which is when I discovered I also had a knack for narration. It's nice having several avenues to pursue for a career, and I've alternated my focus on each over the years, depending on where I could get the most work. When I have a lot of design clients, I write and record less, but when I don't have Photoshopping to do and a quiet house, I can record. At one point I published 6 novels in a single year, so there wasn't as much designing and recording done. Having multiple hats is a great way to assure I'm never bored and keeps my creativity fresh by providing those small breaks. And as we're a military family, having a career that moves with me every time is almost a necessity.

Tell me about your current Book:

When the crew of the SS Nanshe takes in a troubled girl, they must untangle a sinister corporate plot, or else the galaxy could become far more dangerous than anyone is prepared to deal with.

Blast off into this new series with a Firefly-meets-Silverado flair!

"Soldiers need wars, doctors need patients, and the Nanshe needs trouble. That's just kinda how it is."

The galaxy ain't a friendly place, but it's a good sight better when you've got friends at your back. And when the crew of the Nanshe stumbles into larger-than-your-average trouble, they'll need all the help they can get.

What starts off as a simple retrieval of stolen goods turns deadly when Leena Espinoza discovers a girl stashed in a cellar, her guardian murdered. The crew has a soft spot for hard cases, and despite Delilah's odd behavior, offer help instead of turning her over to the authorities.

But what they don't know might kill them.

No good deed goes unpunished, and the crew winds up on the radar in the worst possible way. Merc squads, shadowy coalitions, plus the usual criminal element are all on their tails, so it's fight or flight.
As a plot to unbalance the entire civilized universe unfolds around them, the ladies of the SS Nanshe gear up for battle. Through blood and fire, they'll do everything they can to protect what little they have. In the vast blackness of space, taking matters into your own hands isn't an option... It's a matter of survival.


What are you working on now?

Well, I currently have a dozen or so works in progress, but only two I'm actively poking at, one being the second book in the Flights of the Nanshe series. I've also got other audio and design projects in various stages of completion, so there's always something to do!


Where is your favorite place to be when you write?

My writing is done whenever and wherever I have a spare moment to make it happen, and much of that is done on my phone. I don't really have a favorite place, but the past few years I've been able to spend a week at a writing retreat one of my friends organizes, which is generally the most productive and focused I can be, so I suppose that's my answer.

What is your favorite lesson you have learned about the business of writing?

Making connections with people is invaluable. As much as I'd love to barricade myself in my house forever, meeting other authors, narrators, designers, and readers really does make all the difference in the world. Leaving a good impression on someone carries you further than you can imagine.


What is your favorite Website?

This question has made me realize that I don't spend much time looking at websites that aren't related to my work. Stock photo sites, design tutorials (ALWAYS BE LEARNING NEW THINGS), social media, sales reports, book research... that primarily takes up most of my online time. I guess I'd have to say Twitch, as I watch a lot of video game stuff, plus that's where people can see me play a terrible cleric in Dungeons & Dragons (almost) every Wednesday night on Christiana Ellis's channel for the So Many Levels podcast. Seriously. I am probably the worst cleric ever. Well... if not the worst, definitely the most spiteful. LMAO


Links:

Email: starla.huchton@gmail.com 
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B0058FOG9S
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StarlaHuchton/ and https://www.facebook.com/CoversDesignedByStarla/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/starlahuchton
Websites: http://www.starlahuchton.com and http://www.designedbystarla.com


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Quotes of the Week

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
—Ernest Hemingway

I don't believe in writer's block or waiting for inspiration. If you're a writer, you sit down and write.
—Elmore Leonard

Write for yourself and yourself alone. Don’t try to please anyone else, and don’t be afraid of anyone.
—Sallie Tisdale

You don't write a song to sit there on a page. You write it to sing.
—Bob Dylan

Those who never make mistakes lose a great many chances to learn something.
—Mary Pickford

Write. Write every day, even if it is only a page or two. The more you write, the better you’ll get.
—George R.R. Martin

You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
—Robin Williams

Characters are not created by writers. They pre-exist and have to be found.
—Elizabeth Bowen

If life was fair, Elvis would still be alive and all the impersonators dead.
—Johnny Carson

Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.
—Ayn Rand

In general…there’s no point in writing hopeless novels. We all know we’re going to die; what’s important is the kind of men and women we are in the face of this.
-Anne Lamott

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.
—J.K. ROWLING

Monday, July 23, 2018

Reading: Make Bright the Arrows

This week I read,  Make Bright the Arrows by S. A. Huchton.

This story drew me in from the first chapter and was over too soon.

Here is the description from Amazon:

"Soldiers need wars, doctors need patients, and the Nanshe needs trouble. That's just kinda how it is."

The galaxy ain't a friendly place, but it's a good sight better when you've got friends at your back. And when the crew of the Nanshe stumbles into larger-than-your-average trouble, they'll need all the help they can get.

What starts off as a simple retrieval of stolen goods turns deadly when Leena Espinoza discovers a girl stashed in a cellar, her guardian murdered. The crew has a soft spot for hard cases, and despite Delilah's odd behavior, offers help instead of turning her over to the authorities.

But what they don't know might kill them.

No good deed goes unpunished, and the crew winds up on the radar in the worst possible way. Merc squads, shadowy coalitions, plus the usual criminal element are all on their tails, so it's fight or flight.

As a plot to unbalance the entire civilized universe unfolds around them, the ladies of the SS Nanshe gear up for battle. Through blood and fire, they'll do everything they can to protect what little they have. In the vast blackness of space, taking matters into your own hands isn't an option.... It's a matter of survival.

The story had an excellent pace. I really liked the depth of character development and the world building. It kind of reminded me of the parts I loved in Firefly.

I hardly ever give a Five Star review because in most stories I can always see a way it could have been better.

Not only was the story great, the narration was excellent. The voice differentiation between the characters, including accents added another dimension. I am even more impressed because the narrator was also the author. Well done.

--I’ll be the first in line for the next installment in the series, Flights of the Nanshe.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Quotes of the Week

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

Repeat the mantra: Writing is when I make the words. Editing is when I make them not shitty.
—Chuck Wendig

A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build toward it.
—Edgar Allan Poe

Nothing teaches you as much about writing dialogue as listening to it.
—Judy Blume

Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can’t use the wrong words.
—Virginia Woolf

Writers don’t have lifestyles. They sit in little rooms and write.
—Norman Mailer

No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever.
—J.K. Rowling

Don’t ever write anything you don’t like yourself and if you do like it, don’t take anyone else’s advice about changing it. They just don’t know.
—Raymond Chandler

Be willing and unafraid to write badly, because often the bad stuff clears the way for good, or forms a base on which to build something better.
—Jennifer Egan

The way I write is really like putting one foot in front of the other. I really let the characters do most of the work, they start talking and they just lead the way.
—Quentin Tarantino

If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.
—Stephen King

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hardcover

My novels are all being released in Hardcover editions!

STILL FALLING has already hit Amazon and started to sell. I am really excited about this development for some reason.

I have received a ton of requests for hardback editions. I am also very excited that libraries are now going to be able to order them.

All my titles will soon have hardcover editions.

All future titles will have them as well.

--Fun stuff!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New Blog!

I am moving the Blog over to Wordpress.

It's very exciting. It is not part of my New Author Website!

     www.MartinWilsey.com

In addition to the Blog you can ask me questions, check out my other projects, check out the events where you can find me, and you can even buy signed copies and swag.

Watch for special offers and free stuff! Sign up for the Notification List!

--See you there!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Reading: 14

This week I read 14 by Peter Clines.

Here is the description from Amazon:


Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment.

Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much.

At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends.

Or the end of everything...


--I really enjoyed this book. 


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Quotes of the Week

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
—George Bernard Shaw


Stay faithful to the stories in your head.
—Paula Hawkins


There is no friend as loyal as a book.
—Ernest Hemingway


I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed.
—William Shakespeare


Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
—Arthur Miller


I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
—Anne Frank


To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.
—Allen Ginsberg


The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.
—Philip Roth


It is by siting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.
—Gerald Brenan


Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none.
—Jules Renard


I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
—James Michener


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tuesday Tips: POV

This is an issue I always have to be careful to watch for in my own writing.


Point Of View


I am not going to go down the list of all the different kinds of POVs and their definitions. Others have done that already. Google is your friend.

I believe, that a new author has problems with drifting POV. Things like: head hopping, shifting POVs, drifting from first person to omniscient, random third person in a single scene.

All these things are tells. They show you to be the beginner. So study and understand the different POVs. This will keep you from causing reader confusion, making them fall out of the story.

All that being said...

Understand the rules and then creatively break them at will. Just be consistent within the story. I tend to do Third-person limited within each scene.  I may shift POV within the overall story but not in the same scene.

There are as many error types as POVs. This tip is all about awareness. I recommend a POV scrub. a full review of the story focusing on POV.

--You'll be glad you did.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Quotes of the week

I put a coma in this morning, took it out this afternoon.
—Oscar Wilde

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island.
—Walt Disney

Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.
—Ray Bradbury

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.
—Pablo Picasso

Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.
—Flannery O'Connor

If I'm honest I have to tell you I still read fairy tales and like them best of all.
—Audrey Hepburn

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
—Marilyn Monroe



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesday Tips: Vanity Press

I received an email this morning looking for recommendations for getting published and a question about one publisher specifically.

Make sure you research any publisher in great detail before you work with them. Here are the best general rules for avoiding legal scams to get your money:

  • Authors NEVER pay for publishing.
  • They pay you. 
  • There are no "fees" in traditional publishing.
  • A legit publisher will pay you an advance on royalties in exchange for the rights to the story.
  • NEVER. PAY. A. DIME.

A vanity press will scam you to pay for all the expenses to print and distribute your book and you end up with a garage full of books. Sometime in the end to add insult to injury, they will also own the rights to your story.

Never sign a contract with a publisher without it being reviewed by your lawyer or agent. YOUR lawyer. They will even offer lawyer services for another fee.

--Run. Do not walk. Away from Vanity Publishers.



Monday, February 19, 2018

Reading: The Time Machine

Last week I read THE TIME MACHINE by H G Wells.

Here is the description from Amazon:


So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey eight hundred thousand years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H. G. Wells’s successful career. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes...and our darkest fears. A pull of the Time Machine’s lever propels him to the age of a slowly dying Earth. There he discovers two bizarre races—the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks—who not only symbolize the duality of human nature, but offer a terrifying portrait of tomorrow as well. 

Published in 1895, this masterpiece of invention captivated readers on the threshold of a new century. Thanks to Wells’s expert storytelling and provocative insight, The Time Machine will continue to enthrall readers for generations to come.

--Great stuff from 1895!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Quotes of the Week

If you don't know where you're going, any road'll take you there.
—George Harrison

Writing a novel is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
—E.L. Doctorow

When a #book is done, he has his own life and you forget about him. He goes and lives alone; he takes an apartment.
—Oriana Fallaci

This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard.
—Neil Gaiman

I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart. 
—Anne Frank

I think it’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other people’s expectations. They generally produce their worst work when they do that.
—David Bowie

You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
—Robin Williams

Writing for me is a kind of compulsion, so I don't think anyone could have made me do it, or prevented me from doing it.
—J.K. Rowling

The easiest thing to do on earth is not write.
—Willaim Goldman

Writing is like breathing, it’s possible to learn to do it well, but the point is to do it no matter what.
—Daphne Du Maurier


Monday, February 12, 2018

Reading: Hell Divers

This week I read HELL DIVERS by Nicholas Smith.

Here is the description from Amazon:

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

When one of the remaining airships is damaged in an electrical storm, a Hell Diver team is deployed to a hostile zone called Hades. But there's something down there that's far worse than the mutated creatures discovered on dives in the past - something that threatens the fragile future of humanity.

--Interesting world building. Book 1 of a series.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Today was a BIG Day

I retired today to become a Full-Time Author.

It is really kind of surreal.

It was three years ago today that I received the very first proof in the mail of my first novel, STILL FALLING.

So much has changed since then. Three more novels, four anthologies, a big pile of short stories and four Audible books.

There has been over a thousand blog posts in that three years. Book signings, literary conferences, newspaper interviews, the creation of Tannhauser Press and The Ventura Theater. So many projects, in so little time. It kind of amazes me all that I got done in addition to having a full time job with a long commute.

Looking back, getting my spine fixed, losing over 100 pounds, getting fit, writing book after book, raising two kids that are fully functional adult human being out on their own...

So now my dream has come true. I have all my time to do with what I will.

--Wow. I think I'm going to Drink Coffee and Make Stuff Up.